Our investigators are conducting research to translate laboratory sciences into the most precise treatment options for patients with solid tumor cancers. One strategy involves developing tools such as HIDRA, which detects patterns in cancer development, progression, and treatment response. This is a database containing thousands of medical records and tissue inventories maintained by Cancer Consortium partners, Fred Hutch, UW Medicine, Seattle Children's and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Researchers and clinicians will be able to explore the database to identify patient backgrounds, behavior, genetics, treatment and response, and translate these findings into better therapies, ultimately improving outcomes for our patients.
In a collaborative effort to advance the field of precision medicine, UW Medicine, The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and Seattle Children’s leveraged their mutual strengths in bioinformation and data science to build the Brotman Baty Institute. The BBI’s focus is to provide investigators with access to the tools they need to study large genomic data sets with the goal of discovering novel therapies and elevating patient care.
Personalized medicine uses a patient’s individual genetic and genomic information to design treatments that are targeted and effective. A person’s genetic variation may predispose an individual to cancer by encoding specific mutations in their DNA. Importantly, specific mutations also signal which tumors are likely to respond to certain therapies.
This knowledge can lead to individualized precision oncology treatments designed to maximize the likelihood of success by avoiding therapies that won’t work on specific cancer types. By merging a patient’s clinical data with the patient’s genetic and genomic molecular data, the goal of precision oncology is to design targeted therapies that more accurately and precisely treat a patient’s unique cancer profile.
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a molecule that records our genetic code and contains all of the instructions to build our bodies. An organism’s complete set of DNA is called a genome and is built of linear sequences of four DNA nucleotides, or bases. We call specific series of bases genes, which may code for features such as hair color, or whether you will be right or left handed.
If any of these bases gets out of order on the DNA strand, this is a mutation. Most mutations are harmless, but some inherited variants can put people at higher risk for developing cancer. Further, some mutations are particularly susceptible to certain drugs, leading to targeted therapy.
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Bringing personalized oncology to cancer prediction - and prevention
October 1, 2018 | BrotmanBaty and Sabrina Richards / Fred Hutch News Service
Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine launches in Seattle
December 6, 2017 | Fred Hutch News Release
Got ideas for better, faster cancer cures?
April 15, 2016 | Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service
Improving survival and reducing side effects in Hodgkin lymphoma
April 11, 2016 | Susan Keown / Fred Hutch News Service
Future of oncology': New playbook for precision medicine
March 4, 2016 | Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service
Fred Hutch unleashes powerful databases with launch of Argos
March 16, 2015 | Fred Hutch News Release
Obama's precision medicine initiative catches up to, spurs cancer research
Jan. 30, 2015 | By Mary Engel/Fred Hutch News Service
Fred Hutch recruits D. Gary Gilliland as its new president and director
Nov. 20, 2014 | Fred Hutch News Release
I speak computer: Making medical information Big Data-ready
Nov. 4, 2014 | By Dr. Sabrina Richards/Fred Hutch News Service
Challenging the notion of personalized medicine
Aug. 11, 2014 | By Dr. Sabrina Richards/Fred Hutch News Service
It's personal: New database aims to change how cancer is treated
June 3, 2014 | By Dr. Sabrina Richards/Fred Hutch News Service